A former convict has confessed to raping and strangling a six-year-old girl in Bangkok earlier this month after she strayed briefly from her father's attention. Police say she was just one of his many victims.
The self-confessed serial abuser, now identified only as Nui, is in police detention.
On Sunday, police arrested him in Nong Khai, where a popular Mor Lam band had staged a performance. The alleged suspect was tracked down after media, including social media, showed pictures of the suspect walking alongside his latest victim. The pictures came from security cameras. Some members of the audience noticed the suspect's T-shirt and alerted police that it was the type used by crewmen of the Mor Lam band.
The girl went missing after she went to a concert with her father on December 6. The father said his daughter fell asleep during the performance. He decided to take her to his friend's pickup truck hoping she could get a proper sleep. He went back to see the concert. On his return to the vehicle, he found his daughter was gone.
"I was drunk and had a sexual urge," Nui said.
According to police, Nui is a repeat offender and has confessed to raping and killing a large number of girls.
"He said he had raped about 10 girls and killed some of his victims," a senior commander, Pol Maj-General Suebsak Phansura said.
Bangkok police chief Camronwit Toopgrajank suspected that Nui might have committed many more crimes.
In 2008, Nui was sentenced to a jail term for taking a minor away from guardians. He was released on August 23 last year.
Nui's confession has dashed their hopes of finding her alive. In a desolate area on Soi La Salle, a human skull was found on Sunday and DNA tests are ongoing to determine if the remains are those of the missing girl.
The Mirror Foundation has warned parents not to leave their children unattended. Parents should teach their children not to trust strangers.